Es­to­nian oil shale con­sumer dis­pute lost by Viru Keemia Grupp

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Viru Keemia Grupp, oil shale pro­ducer work­ing in Es­to­nia’s north-east, has lost in the ad­min­is­tra­tive trial over oil shale prices against na­tional en­ergy gi­ant Eesti En­er­gia and the Es­to­nian Com­pe­ti­tion Au­thor­ity.

Es­to­nian pub­lic broad­caster ERR re­ports that the Tallinn Ad­min­is­tra­tive Court this week de­cided not to sat­isfy a claim filed by VKG AS and VKG Oil AS con­cern­ing the end­ing of a su­per­vi­sion pro­ceed­ing.

The court es­tab­lished that the Es­to­nian Com­pe­ti­tion Au­thor­ity had acted law­fully when it found in its fi­nal con­clu­sions re­gard­ing ter­mi­nat­ing the pro­ceed­ing that the price charged by Eesti En­er­gia to VKG for oil shale in 2013-2015 was in ac­cor­dance with the Com­pe­ti­tion Act.

VKG agrued that the price of the oil shale dis­crim­i­nated against the com­pany, whereas the Es­to­nian Com­pe­ti­tion Au­thor­ity ex­plained the prices were rea­son­ably con­nected to the high elec­tric­ity prices on in­ter­na­tional mar­kets in the re­spec­tive pe­riod and the ac­tions of the larger ex­tract­ing com­pany Eesti En­er­gia had not hin­dered the com­pe­ti­tion.

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